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Topic # 95498 6-Jan-2012 02:55
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don't tell me what i did wrong i feel like sh*t

i recieved a speeding ticket from a police officer who pulled me over and handed it to me on the side of the road, will i get a letter in the mail?

 

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  Reply # 565124 6-Jan-2012 03:07
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As long as they have your correct address you should get a reminder in the mail, I'm not sure if they post out an actual printed ticket first but they do send a reminder.

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  Reply # 565126 6-Jan-2012 04:06
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lucky015: As long as they have your correct address you should get a reminder in the mail, I'm not sure if they post out an actual printed ticket first but they do send a reminder.


.. if you don't pay it.

Pay it before it's due and you don't get one posted out. 

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  Reply # 565154 6-Jan-2012 07:44
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nate:
lucky015: As long as they have your correct address you should get a reminder in the mail, I'm not sure if they post out an actual printed ticket first but they do send a reminder.


.. if you don't pay it.

Pay it before it's due and you don't get one posted out. 


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  Reply # 565158 6-Jan-2012 08:22
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You have 28 days to pay... then they send you a letter. Telling you that you have another 28 days to pay.... (shakes head) No wonder so many people dont bother paying...




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  Reply # 565159 6-Jan-2012 08:22
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qwerty7: don't tell me what i did wrong i feel like sh*t

 


The ticket you were handed should tell you what the alleged offence is. If it's speeding, it should tell you where and when, what the limit is, and what the speed is that (s)he believes you were travelling at.

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  Reply # 565198 6-Jan-2012 09:39
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Any demerit points from this offence expire two years from the day you pay the fine, not from the day of the offence. So this is another incentive to pay as soon as possible.



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  Reply # 565204 6-Jan-2012 09:43
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if i want to write in for consideration to the correspondence adress is it better to do that a.s.a.p?
i guess they send a letter in return saying whether or not they are going to waiver it for you

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  Reply # 565209 6-Jan-2012 09:48
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qwerty7: if i want to write in for consideration to the correspondence adress is it better to do that a.s.a.p?
i guess they send a letter in return saying whether or not they are going to waiver it for you


Yes, if you leave it too long, then you will run out of time to enter in to any correspondence. If you write to them outlining whatever your concerns are, then they should look in to it, and write back to you to let you know what is going on.



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  Reply # 565248 6-Jan-2012 10:28
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how long does it take for them to reply?

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  Reply # 565252 6-Jan-2012 10:33
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Not sure, I think it was a week or two last time I wrote to them.

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  Reply # 565254 6-Jan-2012 10:34
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qwerty7: how long does it take for them to reply?


Took them 2 months to reply to me, i ended up paying it and then when it was reversed they sent me a cheque. 

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  Reply # 565274 6-Jan-2012 10:59
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I would have thought that it was a requirement they explain how long you have to pay and also write in with excuse also that payment options are listed on teh back of ticket (not an expert)

What information in particulat are you after???




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  Reply # 565276 6-Jan-2012 11:06
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Kraven: Any demerit points from this offence expire two years from the day you pay the fine, not from the day of the offence. So this is another incentive to pay as soon as possible.


Or an incentive not to pay if that offence would put you over 100 points!

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  Reply # 565279 6-Jan-2012 11:24
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jeffnz: I would have thought that it was a requirement they explain how long you have to pay and also write in with excuse also that payment options are listed on teh back of ticket (not an expert)

What information in particulat are you after???


yup everything like that is stated on the back of the notice.

They will very rarely let you get off a speeding ticket. Its one of the things that they take very very seriously. Speeding is speeding and there is not any excuse you can use to get out of it.
I imagine the only one would be something like the officer was not certified to use the speed detection equipment - but they arent allowed to issue speeding tickets if they dont have the certification so again thats unlikely to happen.

As to how long it takes for them to reply - it depends on their own workload and backlogs. During busy times of the year there is thousands and thousands of correspondence to respond to therefore it may take months to get a reply. Around Christmas would be one of those times that it wont just be a couple of weeks.

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  Reply # 565329 6-Jan-2012 13:25
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Ezzie: ...Its one of the things that they take very very seriously. Speeding is speeding and there is not any excuse you can use to get out of it. I imagine the only one would be something like the officer was not certified to use the speed detection equipment - but they arent allowed to issue speeding tickets if they dont have the certification so again thats unlikely to happen.


Or if the speed detection equipment has made an error, unfortunately very hard for the poor old motorist to prove but the police radars, both the moving (especially for same lane traffic) and side angle (cameras), are not the super reliable and sophisticated things the police seem to want us to think they are.

For the following keep in mind that I have a professional background in radar.

The most common error I see is an operational one where side angle radars in vans are parked well back from the side of the road but are not parallel to the road. They seem very slack at this and the angles I have seen mean that one can easily while driving at 100km/hr get a ticket from a speed camera in the holiday periods if the up to 104 km/hr tolerance is implemented in the camera radars.

I had not had a speeding ticket for at least 25 years but last year  received one where the moving radar (i.e. in a police vehicle) had pretty obviously made a big error. I had to take it to court to get rid of it which suceeded as it was plain to most anyone except the police that it was extremely unlikely that anyone would have (or even could have) driven at the claimed speed under the circumstances. It also turned out that the officer had lied in his notes and also omitted information in them that would have pointed to a radar error being quite likely - again pretty obvious his notes did not match the circumstances.

So those contribute, among other observations, to my having a very poor opinion of the NZ polices' road policing and I suspect strongly that errors are frequent  (I have seen estimates of up to 30% radar speed infringements being in error in other countries and NZ appears to have less sophisticated policies regarding radar operation than those countries).

Becasue of knowing radars are not super reliable I have for many years braked urgently to well below the speed limit while going past a speed camera or a police vehicle, often to the consternation of those following behind as they have to leap on their brakes too.
 

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